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Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate
  • Command a body of knowledge that encompasses political, social, and cultural history in national and transnational contexts; both micro and macro approaches; historical turning points, movements, transmission of ideas, change vs. continuity.
  • Contextualize and locate historically people, ideas, and events from the past.
  • Comprehend the role of gender, race/ethnicity, and class in shaping historical experience.
  • Organize and articulate ideas in writing.
  • Organize and articulate ideas orally.
  • Locate and examine primary and secondary sources relevant to a particular question.
  • Read, comprehend, and critique analytical historical writing; understand that all history writing involves interpretation on the part of the writer.
  • Apply their historical knowledge and skills in a number of professional venues.
Graduate
  • Students will understand the most prominent methodologies that historians have used over time, including their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Students will master a broad body of historical knowledge, including various geographic contexts, topics, and time periods and will gain knowledge of primary and secondary sources that apply to these areas of study.
  • Students will be able to identify and apply different types of historical inquiry, such as cultural, gender, political and social analysis.
  • Students will be able to conduct independent historical research, applying the conventions of academic writing and integrating different source material as evident in seminar papers, a thesis, and/or a capstone.
  • Students will gain experience in participating in classroom discussions and in presenting history in a public forum.